Rugby Super League team Widnes Vikings recently visited the Perform Liverpool to try out their new Alter-G antigravity treadmill. The Alter-G is an excellent training modality that can optimise performance by customising body weight to aid rehabilitation after-injury or surgery. With a couple of injuries in the side Andy McDonough, Head of Sports Medicine at Widnes Vikings has found using the state of the art technology a vital part of improving recovery with in the team.
Andy McDonough, Head of Sports Medicine at Widnes Vikings
After picking up ankle injuries, Lloyd White and Kevin Brown have found being able to use the Alter-G has allowed them to continue to train while still recovering from serious ankle injuries.
The Alter-G uses unweighting technology that allows the user to run at a percentage of their body weight while preserving the natural gait. This reduces the foot to ground impact that is associated with running allowing the individual to run sooner than they would normally be able to.
Kevin Brown, Widnes Vikings